What’s New in Palm Springs

Resort Openings and Renovations 

Azure Sky

Azure Sky, an intimate 14-room, 21 and over, luxury boutique hotel is open. Dating back to 1959, the South Palm Springs property offers wide-open views of the San Jacinto Mountains and is enveloped by desert landscaping, providing a sanctuary with a residential feel. Azure Sky features a premium cocktail bar; cozy fireplace; two wide open courtyards with fire pits; pool and jacuzzi; and lounge seating throughout the property. Twelve of the rooms include small, fully equipped kitchenettes; coffee and continental breakfast is served in the morning; and guests are within walking distance of several neighboring boutique hotels and restaurants. Azure Sky is part of Acme Hospitality and Eastern Real Estate’s award-winning, innovative collection of boutique food, beverage and hotel concepts in Santa Barbara and Nevada Counties.

Azure Sky room

Hermann Bungalows

This is an extension to L’Horizon Hotel owned by Steve Hermann. It has 24 rooms appointed with midcentury modern furnishings as well as design features and natural color palettes that draw inspiration from the surrounding landscape. The bungalows feature private seating areas and outdoor bars, which look out toward the pool and the mountains beyond.  Inside, the bungalows boast floor-to-ceiling windows, Venetian marble floors, and stone walls. The property includes two studio suites and two one-bedroom suites. Among these accommodations are four rooms featuring a fully fenced backyard, three rooms with jacuzzi tubs, and 12 rooms with both indoor and outdoor showers.

Hermann Bungalows

Mahala Hotel – 1777 North Palm Canyon

Guest experience starts with comfy quarters in this 14 room hotel. Unique, custom-designed furnishings, ample platform beds, high-end electronics, large, luxurious rain showers, and original art are featured in every room.

mahala hotel

Descanso Resort

If you love the Santiago Resort, you’re going to adore its new brother property, Descanso Resort. Formerly known as East Canyon Resort & Spa and the Uptown Hotel, the 14-room Descanso is now open. This upscale clothing optional resort catering to gay men is unique and offers a midcentury modern interior design. It’s been completely reimagined. Include complementary continental breakfast and “stay & splash” lunch.

Descanso Resort suite

Twin Palms Resort

Giving new life to the historic Twin Palms Resort has long been a dream of the ownership team. Combining their love of the desert, passion for art and design, and desire to preserve a bit of Palm Springs’ history, they’ve created a unique and thoroughly modern resort for gay men. We hope you find this one-of-a-kind destination both relaxing and unforgettable. Please take a look at the complete portfolio of distinguished properties in Palm Springs, including Santiago Resort and Descanso Resort.

This completely reimagined desert retreat beautifully balances the striking natural environment surrounding the property with the iconic architecture this Palm Springs neighborhood is famous for. Even the shape of the resort’s centerpiece, a stunning new swimming pool, mirrors the rooflines of the midcentury modern homes nearby. And of course, swimsuits are always optional. Includes complimentary continental breakfast, poolside lunch, snacks and drinks.

Twin palms resort

Limón in Palm Springs

Across town, another husband and wife team is turning a collection of 1956 apartments into a seven-room boutique hotel with an “international” take on mid-century modern style, dubbed Limón.  Tim and Amy Brinkman bought the 1956 apartment complex, formerly known as the Stuart Manor apartments. The couple also operate The Twist hotel just off of North Palm Canyon Drive in the Old Las Palmas.

The rooms, which surround the compound’s pool, will each have unique design and sleep two people for a total of 14 guests. The property will also have a game room with a wet bar and a “commercial-scale” kitchen with a 60-inch refrigerator and large stove. Prospective guests will need to round up a sizeable group of like-minded friends, as the hotel will only be available for full-site bookings.

limon hotel

Spirit of Sophia

Spirit of Sofia is framed by the backdrop of mountains, palm trees, and midcentury modern homes. Step outside your room/cabana and right into the pool. S.O.S. has it all with heated pool, hot tub, grill, outdoor kitchen and dining, floaties, neon signs, bright colors, rainbows, road bikes, and ample cozy spaces.

Reservations are for a complete hotel buy-out. Private accommodations for up to 38 – 55 guests. The entire place is yours, including unrestricted access to the pool area and other amenities. Upon entry into one of the 19 flats, guests will find bright, airy interiors complemented with chic, desert inspired décor.

Spirit of Sophia pool

Fleur Noire Hotel

Fleur Noire Hotel is a boldly re-imagined historic boutique Palm Springs hotel in the city’s Uptown Design District that opened last summer.  Its 21 uniquely-designed casitas and suites have had their exteriors transformed with giant-sized California flower murals hand-painted by Detroit-based muralist Louise Jones (@ouizi) and interiors feature floral wallpaper from wallpaper artist Ellie Cashman (@elliecashmandesign). Interior design by Chris Pardo (@chrispardodesign), a founder and designer of ARRIVE hotels and Palm Springs’ Ernest Coffee, Bootlegger Tiki bar, and other notable retail and restaurant projects.  This is a perfect desert getaway for couples or a terrific location for weddings and special events. This is a buy out only property

fleur noire guestroom

The Three Ten Hotel

The Three Ten is a midcentury boutique hotel that has been extensively renovated and remodeled with a cool Palm Springs vibe. Rooms are outfitted with Murphy bed/closet, kitchenettes, with 2 rooms having full kitchens. All rooms overlook a central pool with great southwest mountain views. This is a buy out only property.

The Three Ten Hotel ext

Trixie Motel Palm Springs

Trixie Motel is a pink paradise named after owner and drag star, Trixie Mattel. They offer seven custom themed rooms, including three suites, three queen rooms, and a honeymoon suite.

FLOWER room at TRIXIE. motel

New Palm Springs Dining

Clandestino Palm Springs

From the owners of Farm and Tac/Quila, Clandestino becomes the third installment featuring Mexican cuisine. It features a dialed-down food menu and larger bar menu that Tac/Quila. Think more tacos, fajitas and nachos. Less salmon and shrimp.

clandestino exterior

The Front Porch at Farm

The Front Porch at Farm is an expansion to the very popular Farm restaurant. It includes healthy bites and craft cocktails in an intimate setting.

front porch at Farm cocktail

Low Desert

Low Desert serves modern Mexican food and is located in the Smoketree Plaza. Open 11 am – 9 pm. Closed Mondays. Starters include brussels sprout mix with cotija cheese, jalapeno mayo, and panela cheese. Entrees include tacos, tortas, huaraches, quesadilla, burritos, and tostada. There are also veggie options.

Low Desert dish

Palmina By Puglia Italian Restaurant 

For those looking for an old-fashioned tableside show, Palmina by Puglia offers pasta caronara made at your table with owner Antonello Zio. For dessert, they also offer a flaming tiramisu made with 20-year-old rum. The menu includes authentic Southern Italian dishes, including traditional Neapolitan style pizzas. Salads are topped with fresh mozzarella that Zito makes himself.

Palmina-pizza

Reforma

From the owners of Chill Bar, Reforma is a nightclub and supper club in downtown. Co-owner Rob Giesecke describes the menu as “being inspired by Latin America, from Mexico to Chile and Argentina.” DJs get the party started on Friday and Saturday nights. Those who prefer a relatively quieter evening can enjoy food and drinks in lounge areas away from the dance floor.  333 S Palm Canyon Drive, Unit 2.

reforma entry sign

I Heart Mac & Cheese

I Heart Mac & Cheese, a fast-casual restaurant concept specializing in customizable, made-to-order macaroni and cheese bowls and grilled cheese sandwiches is entering the California market via Palm Springs, California. The store will be the first I Heart Mac & Cheese location in the state and West of the Mississippi.

“It’s exciting to be bringing this great brand to my home state,” said franchisee Blu Bryan, CEO and Founder of BMC Foods. “I Heart Mac & Cheese is a unique concept and I love our innovative take on a classic, childhood favorite food. With our customizable serving options and return to comfort food, we are responding to consumer demand while also furnishing an experience that is unparalleled in the marketplace.”

mac & cheese

Freddie’s Kitchen at The Cole 

Freddie’s Kitchen is a Modern Bistro and Bar serving French California cuisine with global flavors. A fun, social, and comforting place to feel welcomed and fulfilled. Freddie takes the best locally grown and sourced food and mixes it with his creativity to re-imagine it into perfect bites. Prepared with love and made to be shared with family and friends over cocktails, conversation, and relaxation.

Freddie's Kitchen

Sol Agave

Sol Agave began as an upscale Mexican food truck in San Juan Capistrano. They now have six restaurant locations with the addition of Palm Springs. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

Tailor Shop

Craft Cocktail Lounge in the Palm Spring’s Uptown Design District from award winning chef Engin Onural, owner of Sandfish. Purveyor of fine spirits. Conversation and camaraderie are the pinnacles of the Tailor Shop. A dedication to artistry and their craft fuels our passion. They commit themselves to exceptional service to ensure a superior bespoke experience for their guests.

The Thirsty Palms

The Thirsty Palms is now open in downtown under the direction of Executive Chef James Nellis. This new casual dining experience brings a fusion of American and European pallets to play.  Dinner options include Pork Schnitzel, Annatto Rubbed Skirt Steak, veal Tender Fillets, and their whopping 8oz Thirsty Burger.

the-thirsty-palms

New Activities

Modernism Museum

Showcasing Tracy Turco’s selected items from the midcentury modernism era including the late 50s to the early 70s.

modernism museum entry

New Retail

Distinctive Discoveries

Distinctive Discoveries is a full service Personal Property and Estate Sale Management Company. They provide clients with a full service program for liquidating and/or reselling either yours, or your family’s possessions “in part” or “in full” by conducting local full service “individual item sales” or “complete estate sales”. Distinctive Discoveries will manage the entire process removing the emotional attachment you may have to yours or family’s items and we make the process stress free for you. We will simply hand you a check at the conclusion of the sale!

Hyphen – 1007  North Palm Canyon

A new natural wine shop.

Market Market

A 40,000 square foot emporium of fine vintage & repurposed goods including apparel, accessories, housewares, furniture, art & design. Located in the prior Stein Mart building. 1555 S Palm Canyon Drive.

Sunny Days

A woman’s clothing boutique with styles from Bella Dahl, Johnny Was, Z Supply, and more. Next to Destination PSP downtown. 174 N. Palm Canyon.

The Best Bookstore

Remember the fun of going into a bookstore and just browsing all the new titles? We’ll it’s here and open in Palm Springs. Find something fun to read poolside.

Out West Trading Co

Western style products sold in cities like Sun Valley and Bozeman have landed in Palm Springs. Although know for our midcentury modern and hip design now, Palm Springs was founded on western themes.

The Pit

Founded in 2014 by artists Adam D. Miller and Devon Oder, The Pit is a contemporary art gallery representing emerging and mid-career artists.  The Pit is a gallery member of New Art Dealers Alliance and represents eighteen contemporary artists, while participating in international art fairs.  The gallery’s program creates historical conversations and connections between emerging and mid career artists with canonized alternative art histories such as self-taught artists, psychedelia, the graphic arts, underground comics, and the intersections of craft and fine art. 258 N Palm Canyon Drive

Coming Soon

Heyday Burgers – early February

Heyday has been operating from a tent to a truck at VillageFest, then to The Cole Hotel, and most recently The Hilton lobby. Now they have a permanent home in the Uptown Design District – 1550 North Palm Canyon, across from Arrive Palm Springs. They have taken over the space that was JJs Mexican restaurant, who has retired. Heyday is know for their famous smash burgers.

Alice B. – New restaurant at Living Out – Spring 2023

Living Out is excited to announce the name of its on-premises restaurant led by world renowned chefs and restaurateurs, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. The menu will showcase the latest and greatest ingredients discovered on their travels with a seasonal Southern Californian approach. The name, Alice B., was inspired by the legendary California-born author Alice B. Toklas, who wrote, amongst other things, a memoir disguised as a cookbook chronicling her life with partner Gertrude Stein. Alice and Gertrude shared a publicly acknowledged and enduring relationship for nearly four decades and, as members of the Parisian avant-garde of the early 20th century, hosted regular salons attended by relative “unknowns” who would go on to become some of the world’s most influential and celebrated artists and writers.

Drift Hotel Palm Springs

The newest boutique property to join TMC Hospitality’s Drift brand portfolio, Drift Palm Springs is slated to open in early 2023 in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The 30-key hotel consists of 84 guest rooms ranging from single units to four-bedroom suites catering to the fast-growing group travel market. Designed in partnership with O2 Architecture and Folklor, the property celebrates Palm Springs’ aesthetic through its neutral color scheme and modern design, with architectural themes including Spanish Colonial Revival and Moorish modern visible throughout. Amenities to note include an iconic resort style pool home to a poolside bar and custom cabanas, Maleza, an all-day dining experience serving elevated Baja-inspired fare, an event lawn with fire pits and a yoga studio. Opening early 2023.

Drift Hotel exterior

Hotel Las Palmas – 120 W Veredasur

For fans of midcentury architecture, the Hotel Las Palmas is for you. This property, formerly known as the La Posada, was designed in 1952 by Herbert Burns, and new owner Ben Storck is making sure that the hotel retains its charm. “It is in remarkable condition and retains almost all of its original fixtures and details,” Ben says. “We are doing a sensitive, historical restoration and have Steven Keylon, who wrote the book on Herbert Burns, as a consultant.” He can’t wait to open the Hotel Las Palmas’ doors, promising it will be “the premier boutique hotel of Old Las Palmas.”

Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians unveiled plans for a 5.8-acre cultural center in the heart of downtown Palm Springs that celebrates the history, culture and traditions of the Agua Caliente people. The cultural center will feature an envisioned Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, a new Agua Caliente Spa and Bathhouse that celebrates the Tribe’s ancient Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, a Gathering Plaza, gardens and an Oasis Trail. This was put on hold in early 2020 due to COVID. It is scheduled to open Spring 2023.

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Blackhaus Hotel – 421 S Calle Encilia

A 20-room, one-story hotel project involving new construction of four 1,655-square foot buildings, each containing five rooms, situated around a motor court parking lot. This is a Chris Pardo design, who also designed the Arrive Hotel. While zoned an hotel, it is expected to operate more like an Airbnb.

Blackhaus hotel rendering

Impala Bar & Grill

Opening in the historic J.W. Robinson building at 333 South Palm Canyon Road early January.

Impala taco plate

Churrasco Brazilian Steakhouse

Churrasco will feature a sleek modern decor with inside seating for 140 and additional outdoor patio seating for another 30. There will be a large imported fresh market table filled with favorites including an assortment of fresh chilled salads and hot sides, sauces, imported cheeses and their famous mushroom risotto.  But the star of this Brazilian steakhouse is the all you can eat meats, rotisserie roasted to perfection on a wood charcoal grill. Churrasco will offer 15 meat selections including Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Lamb chops, Beef Ribs, Picanha (House special), Filet with bacon, Leg of Lamb, and Top sirloin.

Churrasco Brazilian steakhouse

Creme Restaurant

This restaurant is an expansion from the owners of the popular Oscar’s in downtown Palm Springs. It’s taking over the space of what used to be Blame It On Midnight at  777 E Tahquitz Canyon Way.

Pink Palm Clothing Boutique

Look for this opening on Tahquitz.

Clamatos Palm Springs

Look for this new business serving ice cream and other sweets opening on Tahquitz.

Dream Hotel Update – 7.20.2022

Construction remains halted at the project on Amado Road across from the Palm Springs Convention Center, but new plans are now awaiting approval at city hall swapping a conference center for luxury condos. The design changes are expected to go before the planning commission this fall before they head to city council for approval. The project is reportedly fully funded and is anticipating completion and opening of the hotel in 2025.

Thompson Hotel Update – 1.4.2023

This was originally built under the Andaz brand and has since changed to the Thompson Hotel brand. The architectural plans have been modified to remove the spa/fitness center and social rooms and be replaced with four additional guest rooms for a total of 168 guest rooms. According to Donald Braun, president of Hall Group, a Dallas-based commercial real estate development company managing the Thompson Hotel project, the first 100 rooms should open in the spring of 2023 with final completion coming in July 2023.  However, very little work has been completed to date.

Palm Springs International Airport to double the number of eateries.